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Feb 23, 2011 5:00pm EST
's our top story tonight. >>> another huge story today, president obama as of today will not defend -- will not defend the constitutionality of the defense of marriage act, doma, his attorney general will not go into the act to enforce the two big provisions, the one keeping provisions of one state affecting another state and the policy, that only a marriage between a man and woman will be recognized until federal law. that's a huge victory for gay rights activists and a big debate tonight on "hardball." >>> the republicans act like they're ready for a fight. so do democrats. history shows when that's the case, you get a fight. watch this battle of chicken when neither truck wants to swerve. government shutdown on the way. both sides think this is a fight they can win, and who is right? >>> yawn thune says he's sitting out 2012, back president obama will be too touch to beat. we're going to check in with the "hardball" strategists on that point. watch what happened when someone scut newt gingrich how he squares his personal marital history with his professed values. time timely this
MSNBC
Feb 9, 2011 2:00am EST
.com, thank you so much. tonight in our phone call survey i asked should president obama and congress raise taxes to balance the budget? 77% of you said yes. 23% of you said no. that's "the ed show." i'm ed schultz. thanks for watching tonight here in our new time slot. >>> right versus far right. let's play hardball. >> good evening, i'm chris matthews in boston. leading off tonight, fight on the right. for the first time in decades we're looking at a real split in the conservative movement. this time over foreign policy. on one side, bill crystal, support the democracy movement in egypt, see the gop as freedom party. tea party, beck and palin were pushing conspiracy theories involving collaboration by the two president bushes and president obama or all three in fact in a muslim world order. this weird fight is our gripping top story tonight. next, donald rumsfeld, former defense secretary has been promoting a book in which he says, contrary to the facts, it was president bush who first pushed fighting the war in iraq after 9/11 when it was, yes, mr. rumsfeld yourself, sir. plus you want t
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2011 2:00am EST
. >>> president obama is the same guy he was a man of the middle. today he went into the lion's den, the united states chamber of congress. the republican leaning group he's done battle with for over two years. our leader will do anything to get this economy moving and creating jobs. and sarah palin's out there preaching journalism, the politician who couldn't tell katie couric what she reads is now telling us what to write. she wants to teach us fair and balanced like where she works over at fox. >>> on the 100th anniversary of his birth, ronald reagan has become that rare transcended figure in american politics. i have questions for the people that made the big documentary on him. would reagan who opposed aggression have attacked iraq? finally, i know the lyrics to "the star spangled banner" are tough, but couldn't christina aguilera have learned the words before presenting it to the world? ♪ whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ ♪ the perilous fight ♪ what so proudly we watched ♪ as the twilight's last gleaming ♪ >> tonight's side show. we start with glenn beck. david brock is t
MSNBC
Feb 14, 2011 5:00pm EST
of the revolution in egypt. tonight what you need to know about how the right plans to run against president obama. if this is the starting lineup i can only imagine what characters they have sitting on the bench. today the unrest erupted in yemen and bahrain and iran. there's no footage, of course, because they won't allow it but our producer reports thousands have gathered and fought with security forces in tehran. could we be witnessing the start of a new iranian revolution and you might even end up having a republic over there. obama presents his budget. is what he showed us and the republicans today a lure, a first attempt to bring both sides together and cut the debt? and glenn beck may be losing it. what else can you say when he say the communists are behind the egyptian revolution. and the islamists are trying to infiltrate the american right-wing. let's begin with the right-wing jamboree called cpac. the washington bureau chief for mother jones and msnbc political analyst and josh marshall is founder of talking points memo. here's a taste of what we heard at cpac didn't interesting things
MSNBC
Feb 15, 2011 7:00pm EST
that president obama was not born in america. what this means is that in order to be nominated for the republican nomination a republican has to pretend or actually deny that president obama is a legitimate president he would be running against. the lie that won't die is our top story tonight. and speaking of those republican candidates, where are they? why hasn't a serious candidate even declared yet? could it be as joe scarborough suggests in politico this morning that they secretly believe that obama is going to be very hard to beat next year? "morning joe" himself joins us tonight. joe scar borough in ten minutes. >>> plus, the phony case for war against iraq. "the guardian" reports today that the source the bush administration relied on known as curveball believed that -- there was no weapons of mass nuclear weapons. no wonder donald rumsfeld doesn't repeat the lie in his new book. the budget. i get the politics but why is president willing to cut programs he knows work. final out on a limbaugh. we've been looking for a republican that would say limbaugh doesn't represent the republican par
MSNBC
Feb 4, 2011 2:00am EST
claims that the obama administration is taking its orders from fundamentalist muslims who have been infiltrated into the conservative organization as well. what's next? tell us to shoot somebody else in the head? wow. plus here's what donald rumsfeld remembers in his new book that president bush came to him two weeks after 9/11 and talked about war with iraq. here's what he forgets that whiling the pentagon was still smoldering that day it was rumsfeld himself who was targeted saddam hussein despite the fact that iraq didn't attack us. tonight we play rummy. while republicans wanted to run, president obama seems to be launching his re-election campaign, today he hit two points republicans love to question, his christianity and winning the future. guess who suddenly is looking stronger for 2012. let me finish with glenn beck's cracker barrel crack up. let me start with the situation in egypt. joining me on the phone in cairo is nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel. richard, what do we make of this call for trials of president mubarak and people like vice president omar
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2011 2:00am EST
and 24% said no. this is the ed show. we will see you tomorrow night >>> big test for obama, this is "hardball". >>> good evening i'm chris >>> good evening i'm chris matthews in washington. leading off tonight who is next. to appreciate what's happening in cairo and potential for spreading beyond egypt consider this. a reporter reports chinese authorities are censoring the word egypt from social networking sites. if the chinese government is worried imagine the frayed nerves in syria, saudi arabia, jordan and other countries in the middle east. for a seventh straight day crowds gathered in cairo today calling for an to end the three decade-long regime of hosni mubarak. he's promising not to fire on protesters but also refusing to step aside. mubarak sitting avenue cabinet has done nothing to blunt calls for his removal. we'll go to richard engel for the latest. there's something at stake for the united states which is careful not to choose sides publicly. egypt is a u.s. ally of course and has helped keep the peace with israel. it's a partner in the struggle against islamic
MSNBC
Feb 28, 2011 5:00pm EST
they need to get and stay elected. >>> plus president obama's looking to republicans at least like a winner next year. only five flawed or poorly known candidates look ready to take the plunge. to quote peggy lee, is that all there is? >>> also, who blinked on the government shutdown? democrats agree to cuts, but they were cuts president obama had already called for. the real story here may be that once again neither side is ready to actually cut those big ones. social security, medicare. you get hurt doing that stuff. >>> and did you catch this from the weekend? defense secretary robert gates told west point cadets that any defense chief like him who advises the president to send another large land army into asia, the middle east or africa should, quote, have his head examined. did gates the guy w. named secretary of defense just say the iraq war was a mistake, finally? >>> finally for us, let me finish tonight with a great man who made what may be his last appearance at the oscars last night. someone who truly deserves our praise. >>> we begin with what the republicans are up to as they t
MSNBC
Feb 8, 2011 5:00pm EST
theories involving collaboration by the two president bushes and president obama or all three in fact in a muslim world order. this weird fight is our gripping top story tonight. next, donald rumsfeld, former defense secretary has been promoteing a book in which he says, contrary to the facts, it was president bush who first pushed fighting the war in iraq after 9/11 when it was, yes, mr. rumsfeld yourself, sir. plus you want to know what's behind the sudden pressure to get jeb bush to run for president? hopelessness, less to do with bush himself than the republican field of next turners out there and second raters that pose a weak challenge to president obama next year. also, who would have thought the challenge to the health care bill would come from senate democrats. the moderates and some may have more to say about killing, the key individual mandate in the bill than all the republicans put together. let me finish tonight with that big announcement in philly today that the country is going to actually build, really build, a fast national train system. let's start with the conserva
MSNBC
Feb 10, 2011 2:00am EST
president obama says his's a christian, there's no beating back the drumbeat from the right that he's a muslim. check it out from fox news, with a republican caucus voters in iowa. >> i believe that he is a muslim. >> you do? >> yes. >> how would you believe that here?ç >> wow. >> wow, that's ten raised hands out of 25 republican caucus voters. 40%, they believe this nonsense apparently. these are the folks who picked the next gop presidential nominee. the iowa rep caucus attenders, religions and reality our top story tonight. it looks like he's crashed at a tea party event him celeste last night. the right wingers always talk about freedom and liberty, so why are they lining up behind the old guard in egypt and not the people in the streets? could they see freedom as their kind or their way? >>> and the return of the culture wars. some republican congressmen are stoking up the abortion fight. whatever happened to all that talk about creating jobs? finally tweeting his words, the painful lesson rick santorum just learned about criticizing herself, sarah palin. that's in "the sides
MSNBC
Feb 2, 2011 5:00pm EST
's getting late in the season. could it be that president obama is seen as getting stronger? they're not fighting as fast as they used to with getting these nominations. >>> glenn beck, we start with the crisis in egypt. joining me is chief foreign affairs correspondent richard engel. yesterday president mubarak said i'm going to use the police if this keeps up. what is he actually doing on his behalf against the protesters right now? >> reporter: there is an ongoing battle behind me in tahrir. it has been going back and forth with each side. and there are two sides gaining the upper hand. the protesters appear to be somewhat in the advantage. how we got to this, this morning there were thousands of protesters here, gathered peacefully. today wasn't supposed to be a big day of demonstrations, many of the protesters were angry after president mubarak did not leave the country yesterday, and they were planning a big march on friday. the surprise was when thousands, which later became at least 10,000 to 15,000 pro-mubarak supporters arrived on horseback, with weapons, and made a surp
MSNBC
Feb 7, 2011 5:00pm EST
the berkshires say today, he's not just dancing in the dark, he's dancing with the devil. >>> president obama went into the lion's den, the republican chamber of commerce. our leader will do anything to get this economy moving and creating jobs. and sarah palin's out there preaching journalism, the politician who couldn't te katie couric what she reeds is now tell iing us what to write. >>> on the 100th anniversary of his birth, ronald reagan has some -- would reagan who opposed aggression have attacked iraq? finally, i know the lyrics to "the star spangled banner" are tough, but couldn't christina aguilera have learned the words before presenting it to the world? ♪ the perilous fight ♪ what so proudly we watched ♪ as the twilight's last glaeming ♪ >> christine aguilera bangled spanners tonight side show. we start with glenn beck. david brock is the founder of media matters and the washington bureau chief from mother jones. gentlemen, i want you to take a look at glenn beck last tuesday, last week we showed you glenn beck's latest off the rail strangeness about what's happening in the
MSNBC
Feb 9, 2011 7:00pm EST
, the big right-wing lie. no matter how many times president obama says his's a christian, there's no beating back the drumbeat from the right that he's a muslim. or something like it. check out this graphic moment from fox news with republican caucus voters in iowa. >> i believe that he is a muslim. >> you do? >> yes. >> how many of you believe that here? >> wow. >> wow, that's ten raised hands out of 25 republican caucus voters. 40%, they believe this nonsense apparently. remember, these are the folks who pick the next gop presidential nominee. the iowa republican caucus attenders. republicans, religion and reality, our top story tonight. plus, suspicions confirmed. when all those tea partiers won in november, they threatened more trouble to republicans, we thought. well, here it goes. tea parties helped vote down an extension of the patriot act. o tea party himself last night. the right wingers always talk about freedom and liberty, so why are they lining up behind the old guard in egypt and not the people on the streets? the protesters in tahir square. could they see freedom
MSNBC
Feb 22, 2011 2:00am EST
the current guy in charge barack obama. number six franklin delano roosevelt. then george washington. john kennedy. number three bill clinton. and abraham lincoln at number two. greatest president in history is ronald reagan. keep in mind these are not historian rankings. should insist before anybody participates, please list the presidents and then fix best. don't go with the ones you can remember. like the movie of all time is the one i just went to. we'll be right back. ask me. >>> welcome back to "hardball". congress pulled an all-nighter on friday night to pass a budget bill that would cut $60 billion in spending. with a few exceptions, it was a party line vote and the cuts themselves look like party line cuts. a lot of them are things that republicans thereof hate, planned parenthood, national endowment for tarts, expenses for the so-called policy czars in the obama administration, the environmental protection agency, and, of course, funding for the implementation of the health care bill. here's dick durbin and lindsey graham on "meet the press." >> if we end up shutting down the gov
MSNBC
Feb 2, 2011 7:00pm EST
is trying to terrify people and ultimately blame, guess who, president obama and the liberals. beck's back to the future machine hits fifth gere. >>> also, some republicans, governors are using this week's court decision to declare the health care law dead. others in the senate are trying to simply kill it by voting it out of the existence, even though they don't have the votes and they know it. could it be time for democrats, perhaps, to make the case of who would get hurt without health care? and why would any top republicans announce for president? think of it. it's getting late in the season. could it be that president obama is seen as getting a bit stronger in in fact, strong enough to ward off any threat next year? let's start with the top exporter of fear, glenn beck. joining me now is richard engel. richard, yesterday, president mubarak said i'm going to use the police if this keeps up. what is he doing on his behalf against the protestors right now? >> there's an ongoing battle behind me at tahrir square, a and it's going back and forth. there's clearly two sides gaining the upper
MSNBC
Jan 31, 2011 7:00pm EST
>>> that's the show. "hardball" is next. >>> big test for obama, this is "hardball." >>> good evening. who's next to? to appreciate what's happening in cairo consider this -- an nbc producer in beijing reports that chinese authorities are censoring the word egypt from social networking sites. if the chinese government is worried, imagine the frayed nerves in syria, saudi arabia, jordan and other countries in the middle east. for a seventh straight day, crowds gathered in cairo today, calling for an end to the three decade long regime of hosni mubarak, who is promising not to fire on protestors, but is also refusing to step aside. mubarak's seating of a new cabinet has done nothing to blunt calls for his removal. there's also so much at stake for the united states here, which, of course, is being careful not tot choose sides publicly. egypt is a u.s. ally, of course. and it has helped keep the peace with israel, of course. it's a partner in the struggle against islamic fundamentalism. tonight, america's balancing act. robert gibbs said egypt must change, but the outsome is up t
MSNBC
Feb 24, 2011 7:00pm EST
and spiking oil prices. we'll get the latest from richard engel in libya. and what's behind the obama administration's decision not to enforce the doma act. and finally, rumsfeld versus jon stewart last night. >> i think i know why you're here. and let me deflate the tension right off the bat. apology accepted. >> good for jon stewart. it's in "the side show" but there's nothing funny about it. >>> gentlemen, it's great to have you on. this is one of the most interesting political fights that have come along in a long time. you have republican governors in state where is they dominate their legislatures, pennsylvania, ohio, indiana, michigan and wisconsin. they own those states politically. they're using this unique ability of power to destroy one of their enemies it seems. is that your assessment senator brown? >> yeah, governor kasich won the election in with the fall. huge republican year, won by two like he has a mandate to go over the unions. collective bargaining is a 7 75-year-plus tradition in this country. it's why we have this middle class. it's why people who work with thei
MSNBC
Feb 2, 2011 2:00am EST
with mubarak's half sometimes. just a few minutes ago president obama said he spoke with mubarak. let's listen. >> what is clear and what i indicated tonight to president mubarak is my belief that an orderly transition must be meaningful, it must be peaceful, and it must begin now. >> that's what he said on television. earlier today president obama effectively pulled american support. telling mubarak he can't hold power until september. >>> we have the story covered from all the bases in cairo, washington and here in new york. plus the charge of judicial activism, conservatives go hoarse be criticizing activist judges. that's what they call liberals. they can't get enough of the ruling of the health care law. from a judge appointed by reagan. we'll dig into that hot story. we begin with nbc news correspondent, ron allen. i guess i'm trying to figure this out. did we tell mubarak he has to leave now, next week, two months from now? what was our message through frank wisner, the old egyptian hand yesterday? >> reporter: it's unclear to me too, chris. i think there was a message that was pretty f
MSNBC
Feb 21, 2011 7:00pm EST
in charge barack obama. number six franklin delano roosevelt. then george washington. john kennedy. number three bill clinton. and abraham lincoln at number two. greatest president in history is ronald reagan. keep in mind these are not historian rankings. should insist before anybody participates, please list the presidents and then fix best. don't go with the ones you can remember. like the movie of all time is the one i just went to. we'll be right back. t gets me the tools and research i need to help me make informed decisions. with fidelity, i can invest in stocks, bonds, all at a great price. wow. yeah, wow. ♪ [ male announcer ] fidelity investments. turn here. i thought it was over here... ♪ [car horn honks] our outback always gets us there... ... sometimes it just takes us a little longer to get back. ♪ >>> welcome back to "hardball". congress pulled an all-nighter on friday night to pass a budget bill that would cut $60 billion in spending. with a few exceptions, it was a party line vote and the cuts themselves look like party line cuts. a lot of them are things that republi
MSNBC
Feb 24, 2011 5:00pm EST
's in tripoli, or somewhere in libya, we're not sure. >>> and what's behind the obama administration's decision to not enforce the defense marriage act. >>> finally, it was rumsfeld versus jon stewart on "the daily show" last night. >> i think i know why you're here and let me just deflate the tension right off of the bat. apology accepted. [ laughter ] >> well, good for jon stewart. it's in "the sideshow" tonight but nothing fun beit. senator sherrod brown is an ohio democrat, and maryland governor marty o'malley is the chairman of the governor's association. gentlemen, it's great to have you on. this is one of the most interesting political fights that we've come along in a long time. you have republican governors in states where they dominate their legislator, pennsylvania, ohio, indiana, michigan and wisconsin, they own those states politically. they're using this unique ability of power, really, to destroy one of their enemies, it seems. is that your assessment, senator brown? >> yeah, i mean governor kasich won the election in the fall in a huge republican won by two points. and acts like
MSNBC
Feb 4, 2011 7:00pm EST
of the atlantic. is the obama administration pushing too hard to show mubarak the door? plus what are we to make of the muslim brotherhood who is angling to step into the breach. is it just waiting for its moment to seize control and short circuit the process? bad news, good news. the economy only created 36,000 new jobs but the unemployment rate dropped from 9.4% to 9%. that's the number that the public pays attention to. i think he needs to get the number down to 8 in order to win reelection. i have been saying this is the scranton to oshkosh election. sunday's super bowl has the same theme. pittsburgh versus green bay. politics and the super bowl later in the show. let me finish tonight with a major american president born 100 years ago this sunday. we start with egypt. joining me from cairo is ron allen. ron, i guess the best question is what happened today in this ongoing saga? >> reporter: we have been asking ourselves that question today. chris, what does all this mean? where are we now? the opposition declared that next week will be a week of resistance. we had a friday farewell day and
MSNBC
Feb 17, 2011 5:00pm EST
strange. the latest from karl rove that the white house, barack obama, is engineering the birther stuff because it makes republicans look silly. it's obama's fault. excuse me, karl, it's republicans who mess with the birthers. we begin with what has become a huge national story. the wild sensation in wisconsin centered in madison. for a second straight day, schoolteachers and other employees have called in six or done some other job action. all of the democratic state senators in the legislature have blocked passage of the bill by apparently splitting from the state they're out of the state. the scene in wisconsin looks to be a long awaited confrontation between republican state houses in the power of democratic leaning public employee unions. let's turn to michael bolten. a union director for the steel workers. thank you. michael bolten, sir, thank you for joining us. if you have to explain this to somebody from norway or not out there, what's this about? >> this is a so-called budget repair bill has nothing to do with repairing the budget. has nothing to do with creating 250,000 jobs.
MSNBC
Feb 1, 2011 5:00pm EST
and they are not happy with mubarak's half steps. shortly before mubarak spoke president obama effectively pulled american support. that message was conveyed by an old egypt hand frank wisner that told mubarak if he wants to stay in office he can't hold on until september. we got this story covered from all the bases in cairo, washington and here in new york. plus the charge of judicial activism, conservatives go hoarse be criticizing activist judges. they can't get enough of the ruling of the health care law. we'll dig into that hot story. we begin latest on the cry since egypt. nbc news correspondent, ron allen. i'm trying to figure this out. did we tell mubarak he has to leave now, next week, two months from now? what was our message through frank wisner, the old egyptian hand yesterday? >> reporter: it's unclear to me too, chris. i think the last message that was pretty firm that your time is up and we have to figure out how to end this. i can tell you that the message out on the streets is also a bit muddled. we just got back from liberation square where there's still perhaps tens of thousan
MSNBC
Feb 17, 2011 2:00am EST
asked you is president obama backing wisconsin workers 100%? 16% of you said yes. 84% of you said no. > boehner's blunder. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening, i'm chris matthews in washington. leading off tonight, so about be it. that was speak john boehner's reaction yesterday when asked about hundreds of thousands of job losses that would result from proposed republican budget cuts. so be it. boehner admitted he didn't know how many jobs would be lost, so the liberal central for american progress did the arithmetic. 1 million lost jobs. why wouldn't he care? is it bulk he doesn't think that federal jobs are real jobs or the unemployment might help the republicans next year? they're singing out loud, so be it. what a great line to remember. >>> plus you know republican leaders won't let go of the birther lie, now with some in mississippi pushing -- even an established figure lie haley barbour is refusing to say that's wrong. is this what passes for leadership in the party of abe lincoln these days? >>> they're asking that question about clarence thomas, and his vice president w
MSNBC
Feb 18, 2011 2:00am EST
, the architect? the white house, barack obama is engineering the birther stuff because it makes republicans look silly. it's republicans who are afraid to mess with the birthers. every time i talk to one, they're afraid to say it's nonsense. we begin with the wild sensation out in washington. for the second straight day, madison skpool teachers and other public employees have called in to sick or done some other kind of job action. meanwhile, all 14 of the democratic state senators have blocked passage of the anti-union bill by simply apparently splitting from the state. they're out of the state. the scene in wisconsin appears to be a long-awaited confrontation between republican state houses and the power of democratic-leaning public employee unions. let's turn to the union director for the united steelworkers. also joining us by phone sf glenn grotham. michael bolton, sir, thank you for joining us from the steelworkers. thank you. michael bolten, sir, thank you for joining us. if you have to explain this to somebody from norway or not out there, what's this about? >> this is a so-called budget
MSNBC
Feb 16, 2011 7:00pm EST
will save $3.45 billion over the next several years. how was it done? president obama, tea party, they worked together. real bipartisanship and we all saved. that's the show. thanks for watching. chris matthews and "hardball" is next. > boehner's blunder. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening, i'm chris matthews in washington. leading off tonight -- so be it. that was speak john boehner's reaction yesterday when asked about possibly hundreds of thousands of job losses that would result from proposed republican budget cuts -- so be it. boehner admitted he didn't know how many jobs would be lost, so the liberal central for american progress did the arithmetic for him -- 1 million lost jobs. why wouldn't boehner care? is it because he doesn't think that federal jobs were real jobs? or that unemployment might help republicans next year? they're singing out loud, so be it. what a great line to remember. >>> plus you know republican leaders won't let go of the birther lie, now with some in mississippi pushing aur a kkk figure on license plates. even an established figure like haley b
MSNBC
Feb 25, 2011 7:00pm EST
's going to shoot obama at a town hall meeting. david corn, our friend at the washington bureau chief of ç mother jones and an msnbc political analyst. brian, just off the top, just off the top, what do you make of a congressman who hears somebod say, who's going to shoot the president, and then basically continues on as if nothing's been said. and a minute later or so says, i understand there's a lot of frustration with this guy, as if to say, i understand where you're coming from. that's the way it's come across in the media. what do you make of this? >> this comes during a week that we had a plot to possibly assassinate president bush, just weeks after the shooting of congresswoman giffords. it's astounding to me that someone who's in a position of political leadership, we're not talking about a pundit here, we're not talking about somebody who makes their living by being extreme. we're talking about someone who's an elected official. and it seems to me they abrigate their ability for civil discourse and are undermining our pluralistic democracy, and indeed, of our president, when they
MSNBC
Feb 10, 2011 7:00pm EST
it was like in the barack obama campaign, a sense of hope that went beyond the words. the people today found the words couldn't keep up with their dreams. >> we are seeing something that moves us as americans because i think americans left, right and center believe in government of the people, by the people and for the people. when we see people in any country around the world try to make that happen through peaceful means, we instinctively, instinctively side with them. and to think that the american people, i think the latest polling i saw, something like 82% feel like we are in sympathy with the egyptian protesters in the street. that is a remarkable number when you keep in mind that hosni mubarak has been this great american formal ally for so long. he has been america's man at the corner stone of the arab world as a leader for so long without us having any regard for the way that he was treating his own people at all. and to -- it tells you something important about the way that americans think about human kind. to see how we can completely disregard that, our relationship with mubarak
MSNBC
Feb 11, 2011 5:00pm EST
over the past couple of weeks. when president obama was speaks, he quoted martin luther king jr. when he said there's something about the soul that yearns for freedom. that's what was happening all the past couple of weeks in that square. you could see the people's eyes that they just wanted something better. they were -- this was an act of courage. it was an act of defiance. it was an act of thinking differently about life and thinking about the possibilities of life in a way that so many of these people never had before. and that's what was happening on an individual basis there. there are individual acts of courage when there were groups of anti-mubarak protestors as we call them, clashing with police and demonstrators. but this was in many ways a mental and emotional journey that so many people are on, getting to this place where they now can stand in liberation square and just celebrate and party and let all this wash over them and just to feel so relieved and so hopeful about the future in a way that they just never dare dreamed just a few weeks ago, chris. >> i'm trying to appr
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Feb 3, 2011 2:00am EST
is an absolute violation of the social contract if you can call that between president obama and mubarak. one of the key principals president obama said is absolutely no violence. so i don't know what our real leverage is. i think a lot of people in the white house who are scrambling and doing what they can. i think the chief of staff has said there is not a lot we can do. i think you'll see a ratcheting up of obama's sternness and beeg bringing out what he said behind the scenes, much more into the public given that mubarak has broken the deal. >> does what happens next depend on whether or not the instigation of violence, the provocation that turned today's scenes, the ones that were so much more bloody than anything else we've seen. does what happens next depend on the violence being pinned on the state? not on counter protesters. not on loyalists but on orders from the mubarak regime? >> look. mubarak's party, one of the mistakes that many analysts and those in the media have made, they quickly discounted hosni's son really sticking around. i think that's mistaken. and jamaal mubarak is r
MSNBC
Feb 16, 2011 5:00pm EST
the unemployment rate to get rid of obama. i think there's a battle of turnout that i just explained before, but the other thing is he's trying to talk to the tea partiers, the antigovernment, the anti-federal government rhetoric of the ahead party, which he has to deal with every day. >> idiom. >> he has to speak in the idiom. that's changed who he is. >> that's part of why he said, so be it, because he thought it would play with the anti-federal, andy big government tea party people. >> i think you're right, and whether it's fair or not, you hear they make more than the average worker and all that -- >> which is not true, by the way, and they're very productive. that's not true. if we have a government, we may as well have good people, and we do have good people. that's not the point. it's going to trip him up repeatedly. he's really not quite one of those people anyway, but he's trying to talk like them. >> but fundamentally i think it's a good point, this inside versus outside washington dynamic. >> but he's an insider, and look what happened on this jet fighter issue. the tea party joi
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Feb 22, 2011 5:00pm EST
" this morning. only 14% of whites who don't have college degrees think obama's done anything for them. in other words, this is six out of seven white workers who don't have college degrees. you can call them working class, who are not happy with this president. now, you look at the people lobbying, fighting with the picket lines, mostly white people, not east coast liberals or elite. look at these people. these are the people you would think would be one of those 14% that don't like obama. yet they're there on the political activist side of this fight. how does it work? >> i think, chris, it's because they're under attack and if your basic way of life are under attack, you will step forward regardless of what your political leanings are. i think the governor went too far. governor walker is right to help balance the budget in wisconsin and pennsylvania and states all across the country, they're going to be to have givebacks on the benefit side. government workers are going to have to contribute more to health care, more to pensions. and the union i think has responsibly recognized that. where g
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